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Darrell and Sue's Story

Darrell and Sue Van Luchene currently reside in Bozeman, Montana after serving 17 years in Michigan, Tennessee and Minnesota Lutheran Schools plus 24 years as International education missionaries at Hong Kong International School and Sekolah Pelita Harapan in Indonesia . They retired in 2009 from full time ministry. While active at First Lutheran Church in Bozeman, the Van Luchenes have continued to do volunteer work in Papua, Indonesia, as a culmination of the Lord’s training from one Call to another.

Darrell graduated from Concordia Seward in 1968 and Sue in 1969, each with a Lutheran Teacher Diploma and Bachelor’s degree in Education. Darrell’s post graduate degrees include a Master’s in Education from Michigan State, an EdS in School Administration from the College of St. Thomas, and a Doctorate of Letters from Concordia Seward for school development in Indonesia.

After serving 10 years in the Hong Kong International School, the Van Luchenes, in 1995, accepted a Call to be Education Missionaries in Indonesia, under LCMS World Missions. In 14 years, Darrell led three schools in the Pelita Harapan system to become International Baccalaureate schools as well as receiving NEASC and ECIS accreditation. Sue worked developing a bilingual curriculum and teacher training with both national and expatriate teachers. An additional 4 schools in the system were developed to have a bilingual curriculum.

In 2007, Darrell and Sue were asked to develop curriculum, inquiry teaching strategies, and school policies for Papua Harapan School (Papua’s Hope) in Papua, Indonesia. This school was founded by the Indonesia regional director of Mission Aviation Fellowship to prepare indigenous Papuans in Discipleship and Christian leadership for Papua. Volunteering for this school in Papua involves one to two trips each year. The Van Luchenes intend on doing this for the next three years until the first graduating class heads off to University, some to the United States. These students have great dreams of becoming pilots, doctors, pastors and teachers. Your help will make this dream a reality.

Any funds raised that exceed Mission Partner’s agreed upon stipend amount will become the property of MCN. In the alternative, excess funds may be used to support Mission Partner in missional activities under a new MOU, or Mission Partner may assign, after consultation with the Executive Director, any excess funds to one or more Mission Partners who are in good standing with MCN. The purpose for this is that any funds raised are to support missional activities throughout the world, and not for the financial benefit of MCN.

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